Spring break travelers reminded to take precautions for safety

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A spring break travel alert for Mexico has been issued by the U.S. Department of State for U.S. citizens traveling to that country. To view the alert and information about safe travels while there, visit http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_5665.html.

Individuals who may be traveling during spring break to any locale are urged to use common sense precautions.

What follows are some tips from University Police for staying safe while on break:

1. Register your trip outside the United States with the U.S. Department of State at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/. According to the site, registration allows you to record information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can use to assist you in case of an emergency.
2. Let someone know where you are going/traveling to and when you will be back.
3. Have an emergency contact and a list of that contact's information with you at all times.
4. Know and follow the local laws regarding the possession of alcohol and drugs.
5. Travel with a friend -- use the "buddy system."
6. Secure your belongings. Robbery is one of the most common crimes committed against travelers during spring break.

The CDC also maintains an international travelers' hotline at (877) FYI-TRIP (877-394-8747).

Information about infectious diseases abroad may also be found on the website of the World Health Organization at http://www.who.int/en, and further health information for travelers is available at http://www.who.int/ith.

The State Department also has health tips for traveling abroad at http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/tips_1232.html#health.

Last Updated February 29, 2012